Caregiver of 95-year-old dad shares challenges, rewards

Nurse, wife and mother has advocated for elderly relatives for as long as she can remember

caregiver heart blogDonna Ruemenapp knows a lot about caregiving. She’s been taking care of adult family members — including her aunt, uncle, mother and father — for as far back as she can remember. And her profession as a nurse, as well as her role as a wife and mother of three boys, makes her caregiver credentials even more impressive.

Despite the challenges that caring for others has presented over the years, Donna says she wouldn’t trade the experiences for anything. Today, as the main caregiver for her 95-year-old father, Joe Solak, Donna is grateful to be able to enjoy his company at a time when she knows others have lost both parents. Continue reading